Mistakes cost Sleepy Eye

SLEEPY EYE – Sleepy Eye Post 7 lost a pair of heartbreakers in the Upper Midwest Classic. Its first game was an 11-inning 7-5 loss to Pierre and its second game was a 3-0 pitching battle against Eastview, which was scoreless going into the sixth inning.

The early game did not start out how Sleepy Eye would have liked. David Suprenant gave up singles to Pierre’s first two batters, Austin Wagner and Ryan Goodwin. Once on base, Wagner stole second with the Goodwin single to advancing him to third. Goodwin then safely stole second and Wagner took off for home. Sean Mathiowetz threw it home, but the throw was well over the catcher’s head. Goodwin reached third on the error and made it home on a fielder’s choice.

Mathiowetz did what he could to make up for the throw and manufactured a run in the bottom of the inning, scoring on a wild pitch.

Pierre scored two runs in the third when pitcher Suprenant overthrew first on what was meant to be a sacrifice bunt. Suprenant loaded the bases on a hit batter and a two-out walk, but was able to get out.

Suprenant only allowed three hits in a three-inning no decision; but three walks, two hit batters and three Sleepy Eye errors led to four unearned runs.

“Early on they received some base on balls, some hit batters, things like that to create some extra base runners,”?said Sleepy Eye coach Bruce Woitas. “They didn’t have that many hits that first game, but we gave them some extra base-running opportunities.”

A single by Brandon Helget in the bottom of the third scored Mathiowetz to make it a 4-2 ballgame.

Shayne Reinke hit an RBI double for Pierre in the fifth to extend its lead by one.

Sleepy Eye rallied with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. After an error and a walk, Matt Schroepfer came through with a two-run single to make it a one-run game.

In the bottom of the seventh, Helget hit his second RBI single, but got caught trying to steal second to send the game to extra innings.

“Overall we battled back hard that first game, gave ourselves a chance to maybe win that game,”?Woitas said. “Then it kind of slipped away from us.”

Relief pitchers Xander Gray of Pierre and Sleepy Eye’s Mike Hirsch went back and forth in three shutout innings.

A walk and a sacrifice bunt led to an RBI single for Goodwin. Cash Anderson followed with a triple to give Pierre a 7-5 lead going into the bottom of the 11th.

“Mike Hirsch came in and did a nice job,” Woitas said.

Hirsch received the loss after piching eight relief innings. He allowed three earned runs and five hits while walking just two.

Game 2

The second game featured two elite pitching performances as Eastview’s Marcus Fredrickson outdueled Sleepy Eye’s Mitch Neid.

Fredrickson fanned nine batters in the complete game shutout where he allowed five hits and one walk.

Sleepy Eye’s best chance to score came in the second inning when John Mangen led off with a single. Suprenant walked and both runners advanced on a fielder’s choice, but were left stranded on second and third.

Mangen was 2-for-3 with a double in the game, and Ethan Silfies went 1-for-1.

Neid had a one-hitter going headed into the sixth inning. In his first five innings of work, he walked two batters and hit two more, but the defense did not allow a run.

In the bottom of the sixth, Neid ran into some issues with his control. He hit his first batter and walked his second, committed two fielding errors on sacrifice bunts and threw several wild pitches, which combined to give Eastview three unearned runs. This all happened without an out recorded in the inning.

“We didn’t execute some bunt defense stuff, and they were able to produce actually three runs without a hit,” Woitas said.

Sleepy Eye will play at New Ulm Gold at 8 p.m. on Monday.

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